Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
October 13, 2011
112th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 157, No. 153 — Daily Edition
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[Daily Digest] [Pages D1095-D1097] Committee Meetings NATIONAL DEFENSE AND U.S. MILITARY ASSESSMENT Committee on Armed Services: held a hearing entitled ``The Future of National Defense and the U.S. Military Ten Years After 9/11: Perspectives of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.'' Testimony was heard from Leon Panetta, Secretary, Department of Defense and, General Martin Dempsey, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. AERIAL REFUELING AIRCRAFT PROGRAMS Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, held a hearing on an update on KC-46A and legacy aerial refueling aircraft programs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of Department of Defense: Shay Assad, Director, Defense Procurement, Acquisition Policy and Strategic Sourcing, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, David M. Van Buren, Service Acquisition Executive, U.S. Air Force; Major General Bruce Litchfield, Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. Air Force; Major General Christopher C. Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, KC-46 Tanker Modernization Directorate, U.S. Air Force. EMPLOYER PROVIDED HEALTH CARE Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, held a hearing entitled, hearing entitled ``Regulations, Costs, and Uncertainty in Employer Provided Health Care.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses. CONSUMER ATTITUDES ON PRIVACY Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, held a hearing entitled ``Understanding Consumer Attitudes About Privacy.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses. AMERICAN ENERGY INITIATIVE Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power, held a hearing on The American Energy Initiative: Electric Transmission Issues, Including Topics Related to the Sitting, Planning, and Allocation of Costs for Electricity Transmission Infrastructure. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Energy: Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Lauren Azar, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, and public witnesses. [[Page D1096]] U.S. HOUSING FINANCE SYSTEM IN THE GLOBAL CONTEX Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade held a hearing entitled ``The U.S. Housing Finance System in the Global Context: Structure, Capital Sources, and Housing Dynamics.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses. THE SECTION 8 SAVINGS ACT OF 2011 Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, held a hearing entitled ``The Section 8 Savings Act of 2011: Proposals to Promote Economic Independence for Assisted Families.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses. THREATS AND SECURITY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing entitled ``Emerging Threats and Security in the Western Hemisphere: Next Steps for U.S. Policy.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials with the Department of State: William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and Philip S. Goldberg, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Daniel L. Glaser, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of Treasury; Paul N. Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense. UNITED NATIONS TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND REFORM ACT Committee on Foreign Affairs: Ordered reported H.R. 2829 to promote transparency, accountability, and reform within the United Nations system. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 Committee on Homeland Security: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 3116, ``Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.'' TSA TECHNOLOGY PROCUREMENT AND JOB GROWTH Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation Security continued hearings entitled ``TSA Reform: Exploring Innovations in Technology Procurement to Stimulate Job Growth, Part II.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses. TO AMEND SECTION 2710 OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO CLARIFY THAT A VIDEO TAPE SERVICE PROVIDER MAY OBTAIN A CONSUMER'S INFORMED, WRITTEN CONSENT ON AN ONGOING BASIS AND THAT CONSENT MAY BE OBTAINED THROUGH THE INTERNET Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, amended, H.R. 2471 to amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer's informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet. GULF COAST OIL SPILL INVESTIGATION REPORT Committee on Natural Resources: Hearing entitled ``BOEMRE/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team Report.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the U.S. Coast Guard: Captain Hung Nguyen, Co- Chair of the Joint Investigation Team, Vice Admiral Brian M. Salerno, Deputy Commandant for Operations, and Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior, and public witnesses. POSTAL REFORM ACT Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Ordered reported, amended, H.R. 2309 Postal Reform Act of 2011. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT REVIEW Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing entitled ``The Endangered Species Act: Reviewing the Nexus of Science and Policy.'' Testimony was heard from Gary Frazer, Assistant Director, Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, and public witnesses. ADVANCING COAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR A SECURE ENERGY FUTURE Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled ``Advancing Coal Research and Development for a Secure Energy Future.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses. [[Page D1097]] STREAMLINING EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: IMPROVING PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE, AND CUTTING COSTS Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing entitled ``Streamlining Emergency Management: Improving Preparedness, Response, and Cutting Costs.'' Testimony was heard from W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Matthew A. Jadacki, Assistant Inspector General, Emergency Management Oversight, Department of Homeland Security, Dean Hunter, Deputy Director, Facilities, Security, and Contracting, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 2668 ``Brian A. Terry Memorial Act''; H.R. 2919 ``Community Shelter Protection Act of 2011''; H.R. 1734 amended, ``Civilian Property Realignment Act''; and H.R. 2840 amended, ``Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2011.'' 11:15 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 674, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, and H.R. 2576, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare- related programs. Joint Meetings POLITICAL TRANSITION IN TUNISIA Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Commission concluded a briefing on elections and political transition in Tunisia, focusing on Tunisia's mass popular uprising, known as the ``Jasmine Revolution,'' after receiving testimony from Stephen McInerney, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), Barrie Freeman, National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Mohamed Malouche, Tunisian American Young Professionals, all of Washington, D.C.